Don’t let sunny Somerset go to your head

The good news is that the weather forecast for the next few days is looking positively glorious. Temperatures are predicted to peak on Saturday and Sunday reaching the low 30s.

Whilst that may be good news, Somerset County Council as the Public Health Authority for our county is concerned. We have a track record of seeing good weather and forgetting all about the COVID 19 pandemic. The R factor for the region is already hovering above 1 as we reported earlier this week. That suggests that if people stop taking the precautions (masks, social distancing etc) to reduce the risk of COVID 19 spreading again.

Having seen new lockdowns in Leicester and Aberdeen, the Public Health body are anxious to avoid the same sort of thing here in Somerset. With that in mind they have issued the following advice for the days ahead:

Tips to keep you and your family safe:

  • Keep your distance from people outside your household and try and stay two metres apart at all times (or one metre plus if this not possible).
  • Continue to wash your hands well and regularly for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitiser when outside your home and avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid crowded spaces and plan ahead when you can to avoid travelling on public transport at peak times.
  • Wearing a face covering is now compulsory on public transport and in other enclosed public spaces, such as shops.
  • If you do go out socially, have fun but be sensible; show respect for others, follow the advice, and don’t do anything that puts you or other people at risk.
  • If you do have symptoms – a new, continuous cough, high temperature, a loss or change in sense of smell and taste – you must self-isolate and arrange to have a test. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

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